It’s National Adopt-a-Cat month and as I write this post my cat, Bob, is curled up in my lap and my other cats, Maggie and Patch, are at my feet. I know there’s the age old question about which is better — cats or dogs? I have both and I love both. But since it’s Adopt-a-Cat month, I’m going to focus on our feline friends. First let me say, I think cats make great family pets. I should know. Cats … continued…

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Holidays Pam Freeman

Over the last few years it seems like there has been lots of news about honey bees and their rapid decline, but I haven’t heard much about the decline of bumble bees.   Bumble bees are easily recognizable and are essential pollinators for our crops and our wildflowers and can be found throughout North America. Sadly, their populations are declining. To the point that scientists have found that some common species are now absent from their territories.   So a … continued…

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Community Involvement Gardening Pam Freeman

This time of year, fragrant pots of lavender arrive in garden stores and they’re a temptation I recommend indulging. Lavender is easily one of the most recognized herbs and known all over the world for its purity and relaxing qualities. Fun fact — Its name comes from Roman times when people used this herb to perfume their baths; the Latin term lavare literally means “to wash.” Lavender is a great addition to an herb, flower or wildlife garden. Lavender is … continued…

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Gardening Pam Freeman

I am forever looking for ways to make my kitchen more useful. If you have not discovered Pinterest for this kind of searching, head over there, but don’t say I didn’t warn you: you may lose entire evenings coveting cool kitchens you find there.   Here are some cool kitchen ideas that I find very useful: • Flip down space under sink. I lived in my place for two and a half years before I discovered I had this little … continued…

Barb Freda Decorating Tips Tips, Tools & Techniques

I hope all danger of frost has long passed for you—it’s been an awfully long winter. But now, it’s time to plant a kitchen garden. Every year I try to embrace the quote from Michael Pollan to “plant a garden, no matter how small.” I freely admit to a black thumb, but each year I start with optimism, and choose easy herbs that grow fairly quickly.   I must admit, this year was a tough start. I bought a flat … continued…

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Barb Freda DIY Gardening

I believe there is always a good reason to have a meal ready at the end of a long day full of sunshine and Spring weather. And the truth is, I am always happy to enjoy stroganoff.   Prep Time 10 minutes (less if you don’t brown the meat first) Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours on low in slow cooker Serves 4   1 teaspoon vegetable oil 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round, cut into cubes 1 … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Holiday Cooking

May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month! I realize that blood pressure may not be the most exciting topic, but with 1/3 of adults in the US having high blood pressure (many undiagnosed), it is truly important to be aware of the basics. High blood pressure can happen regardless of age, family history, and other health status. Lifestyle modifications play an important role in effectively preventing and/or treating high blood pressure, so make it your goal to incorporate some or … continued…

Fitness Heart Healthy Judy Eggebeen

Men and women are alike in many ways but when it comes to our health there are several differences. As women age hormonal changes occur at several life stages and nutrition can help at each of those stages. A healthy diet plays an important role in boosting fertility, preventing PMS symptoms, easing pregnancy and breastfeeding, and combating the symptoms of menopause. Laura’s Lean Beef was founded on Laura Freeman’s desire to change her health and save her family farm. She … continued…

Healthy Habits Heart Healthy Jenny Kramer, RD

As an exercise blogger for Laura’s Lean Beef, my interest was piqued when I recently came across a research study that combined both exercise and lean red meat. The study looked at the effects of resistance training in 2 groups of women – 1 group that increased protein intake via lean red meat and 1 group that maintained their regular diet but slightly increased carbohydrate consumption through rice or pasta. The results of their study showed that the women who … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

This is pure comfort food to me—rice, beef, the spicy flavor of sausage and the slowly cooked vegetables. They all come together in one dish here. A cast-iron skillet is perfect and it makes a great serving dish, stovetop to table. Prep Time: About 15 minutes Cook time: About 30 minutes Serves 6   8 ounces Laura’s 96% Lean Ground Sirloin 8 ounces loose sausage 1 cup finely chopped onion 2 stalks celery, finely chopped 1 large red bell pepper, … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes